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Can you name the US presidents by the maps of their electoral college victories?
Enter a President in the box below
Correctly named Presidents will show up below
Click any empty # or President to answer for that location
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Presidents by Electoral Maps Quiz
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Jan 17th, 2011 at 03:53 GMT
The best thing to do here is to pause the slide show and then click on each image to advance at your own speed. Moving the mouse off the image gets the control bar to go away faster. Would love to hear some feedback about the time allotment.
Jan 17th, 2011 at 03:53 GMT
Also, this is one half- 28 of 56 elections. I'll do the other half in a sequel in the next few days. I was going to make all the maps from scratch, but luckily Wikimedia Commons had them all available and I just had to remove the candidate names. Hope you enjoy it!
Jan 17th, 2011 at 04:10 GMT
Another great quiz, Hejman.
Jan 17th, 2011 at 04:12 GMT
Thanks, ambition- that means a lot coming from someone who's played 6,000 Sporcle quizzes (which is really, impressive, by the way!).
Jan 17th, 2011 at 04:51 GMT
This is a really great quiz. I especially appreciated trying to figure out which colors meant Whig, Federalist, State's Rights Democrat, etc.
Jan 17th, 2011 at 05:23 GMT
Excellent quiz and execution - I still cheer a little for my home state of MA every time I see that 1972 map.
Jan 17th, 2011 at 05:55 GMT
such a cool idea!
Jan 17th, 2011 at 08:31 GMT
24, not too bad for a Brit - although I had to resort to going through all the likely names on some questions. You might need to lower the time a bit as I could easily just have gone through all the Presidents names for the ones I missed.
Jan 17th, 2011 at 11:00 GMT
terrific, unique idea.
Jan 17th, 2011 at 14:43 GMT
great idea. I'll have to do it again though, as I found that I wasn't synchronized between the map and the entry, so lost a lot of time.
Jan 17th, 2011 at 17:32 GMT
Fantastic quiz! Probably should be trimmed down on time though, given the distribution of the results. Maybe 10 minutes?
Jan 17th, 2011 at 18:47 GMT
Fantastic 5 globe quiz!! However, since I have a smaller screen (laptop) I couldn't see which answer I still needed w/out moving the page up/down - and by the time I did this the map had already moved to the next one... Pausing the map would have obviously helped (a lot!), however, I didn't know how to pause the slideshow till after I read your comment - which was after I played. Again, fantastic quiz - but just wanted to give some feedback from someone who is older (not tech savvy). @ ACL: I lived in MA in the early 70s and after Watergate had a bumper sticker that said "Don't blame me, I'm from Massachusetts"
Jan 17th, 2011 at 19:00 GMT
Jan 17th, 2011 at 21:43 GMT
Awesome, awesome quiz! So many pieces come together to help you figure out the right answer. Very good brain exercise!
Jan 17th, 2011 at 21:57 GMT
5 globes. Relatively easy once you figure out the following things: * Which parties mean which colors (therefore who won) * Which states have been admitted * How many electoral votes California has (it's never lost any, so you can date the election easily) * The irregularities (i.e. faithless electors)
Jan 18th, 2011 at 00:40 GMT
Some of those electors are not faithless. Not all states are winner-take-all; currently, Maine and Nebraska allot votes by congressional district + 2 for the whole state.
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Jan 18th, 2011 at 00:40 GMT
A little consistency in how territories are treated would be nice ; some have the current state boundaries while others have the territory boundaries.
Jan 18th, 2011 at 00:46 GMT
@daHOOK- the Territory boundaries are shown exactly as they existed at the time of the election. Over time those territory boundaries changed and many territories had boundaries exactly the same as their state boundaries before admission to the Union.
Jan 18th, 2011 at 01:10 GMT
Super quiz- very informative. I was reading and contemplating the maps and all of a sudden the red light was flashing! Give us the whole 20 mins...pleaaaasseee?
Jan 18th, 2011 at 02:29 GMT
I've just added a third column that gives you the year of the election. It's hidden until you answer (it would make the quiz way to easy otherwise) but I thought it was an additional bit of historical information that might be interesting and that it made the answer grid more visually appealing as well.
Jan 18th, 2011 at 03:52 GMT
Great quiz. Interesting and well thought out. The only thing I would change is if you can number the maps somehow. I sometimes got lost at what number map I was looking at and had to go back and count the number of maps to find which one I was on.
Jan 18th, 2011 at 04:33 GMT
@brownstown511- The maps were already numbered. Bottom right hand corner in 36 point font! :-)
Jan 18th, 2011 at 15:48 GMT
I got 27 of 28. Missed FDR in 1940 because it never occurred to me you'd have the same guy on here twice. That's what I get for not reading the comments (and their spoilers) before taking the quiz.
Jan 18th, 2011 at 19:40 GMT
Based on the comments and the results, I've shaved two minutes off the time (from 14 to 12). As for FDR, since I was splitting this into two quizzes and he was elected four times, there's no way to avoid duplication.
Jan 18th, 2011 at 21:04 GMT
This is a great quiz. Just challenging enough in the middle. It's a great way to test your knowledge of what states were admitted when and how those coincide with presidential elections.
Jan 18th, 2011 at 23:55 GMT
Great quiz yet again Hejman, and I think the timing is spot on - I finished with 11 seconds to spare.
Jan 19th, 2011 at 04:04 GMT
I wonder who the lone dissenter in the Electoral College was in James Monroe's 1820 election, or the Virginia elector who voted against Nixon in 1972...
Jan 19th, 2011 at 04:49 GMT
@311rvmt- The 1820 elector was William Plummer of New Hampshire. The apocryphal story is that he voted for Adams to make sure that Washington was the only President ever elected unanimously, though historical sources suggest that he was just displeased with Monroe's performance. In 1972 Roger L. MacBride of Virginia cast his vote for the Libertarian candidate John Hospers. MacBride was himself the Libertarian candidate for president in 1976.
Jan 21st, 2011 at 19:01 GMT
Since you ask, I could certainly use more time. I spent a lot of time on navigating, and anyway, what's the rush?
Jan 21st, 2011 at 19:02 GMT
Wait, you actually lowered the time? I don't get it...
Jan 21st, 2011 at 19:50 GMT
@exackerly- I lowered the time because there were several requests to do so and because a large percentage of people on this quiz (and more than 50% on the second one) were getting all of the answers right. Finding the right time is always a delicate balance on quizzes and I try to aim high at first and bring the time down based on comments and quiz results.
Jan 21st, 2011 at 20:01 GMT
This is a great quiz. However, due to the learning curve in figuring out how to manipulate the slide show and the scrolling you have to do, please don't cut it down any more. Yes, people can type in randomm presidents, but most like to think about the questions and thus need time on a quiz like this.
Jan 21st, 2011 at 20:03 GMT
Keys here are knowing when states were admitted, mainly Alaska/Hawaii and AZ/NM as well as your own state to use as a dividng line.
Jan 24th, 2011 at 00:48 GMT
More time, please! Just manipulating the mechanics takes time away from pondering and testing. If you're worried about people just entering 44 presidents in a row, you can make the year part of the answer.
Game published: Feb 2nd, 2011 at 04:08 GMT
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 04:14 GMT
I make a lot of picture quizzes (sorry about that), and have been hanging on to a number of ideas that I just couldn't do because the traditional Sporcle image format required the pictures to be too small for some quizzes to be entertaining. The slide show is the perfect fix for that, since the images can be much larger. The one thing I can't control is the speed of the slide show, but you can move manually at whatever speed you want. Hopefully the format is enjoyable and the quiz is too.
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 04:27 GMT
Loved the idea. Just wish Sporcle could make a few changes so that it could run in a less clunky format. I can't imagine it would be that hard to take the code from other answer-in-order image quizzes and take out the table of all the images, or at least shrink them to thumbnails. For published quizzes, of course.
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 04:28 GMT
@hejman, I played this quiz back in its User Created days, and it's a 5-glober in any form. More importantly, the slideshow idea opens up an entire new frontier for Sporcle games. I'm working on one now, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Truly a game-changing idea, pun intended. (Memo to Team Sporcle: @hejman's ingenuity aside, I think this quiz shows that the cutting-edge Sporcle game creators are looking for richer options than simple fill-in-the-blank quizzes only. Let's see what you can come up with to support them.)
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 04:36 GMT
I love the quiz, too! Does the slide show prevent you from putting more than 28 at once? Would have been more challenging to include all of the presidents into one quiz... looking forward to part II, though! Also, think that 12 minutes is too long, as I had time to literally go through all of the presidents in that general time frame... think 10 minutes is more than enough.
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 04:39 GMT
Interesting idea but it needs more time. Just navigating the quiz is hard and eats up a whole mess of time
Feb 2nd, 2011 at 04:44 GMT
@Pokerella and tvan3- Reading the two of your comments together convinces me that 12 minutes is a good place for it to be. If half the comments ask for more time and half ask for less, it's probably ok right in the middle. Also, #2 was contributed some time ago and is in the user section. There was no limit to the number of images, but I thought that all of them in one quiz would have been too much and too time consuming for it to be any fun.
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